PCA Qualifiers Off to Big Start, Power Up Re-Powered

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure will be the big kick-off event to the 2018 poker year and last weekend 100 players were added to the main event field.

The first of two Ultra Satellites for the 2018 PCA ran on Sunday and not only did the top 100 win full PCA prize packages, they reaped the rewards of a $500,000 overlay.

While 1,906 entries equaled just over a million dollars in buy-ins, the 100 guaranteed packages were actually worth $1.5 million to make for an extra level of value.

Ultra Satellite #2 Runs Nov. 5

All 100 winners received a full $14.8k prize package that covers the $10k Main Event buy-in, hotel, $1,000 in cash into their PokerStars accounts and 1,000 in hotel credits to spend at the Resort.


Door to Atlantis still wide open.

With that kind of value out there, you’re likely wondering how you can get in on it. Thankfully you haven’t missed your window.

A second Ultra Satellite will run on November 5 with the same $530 buy-in and multiple ways to qualify.

There’s no guarantee of an overlay again, of course, but it’s still a good idea to put the date in your calendar.

There are lots of sub-satellites to the Ultra Satellites all this month but also plenty of alternate ways to win a 2018 PCA package outright.

PCA Spin & Gos and Cash Game challenges are also running. Overall there will be over 400 online qualifiers in the PCA main event field this year which is the highest number in years. Nov. 5 is the date when all qualifier promotions for the PCA come to an end. More details here

Power Up Powered Up Again

Last week PokerStars went live with its new game Power Up but it had a few teething issues. Due to a bug the Power Up games were the only ones shown in the mobile lobby when certain filters were used — although the games weren’t affected.

ultra lobby

Powered up again.

PokerStars Head of Communications Lee Jones published an official statement to explain the issue. PokerStars has since resolved the issue and Power Up is back in the lobby and running fine.

At the moment games are offered with $1 and $3 buy-ins but a bigger buy-in range is coming soon. 

If you want to try Power Up but feel a little intimidated, note that there’s a guide to how to use the powers of Power Up.

Every Power Up player has to go through the tutorial before playing a Power Up hand. The tutorial is just two minutes and quickly gives you a grasp on how to use the powers correctly.

Want to give it a go? Create a new PokerStars account via or download link to access it all along with a $600 bonus. Our review page will also give you all the information you need about the biggest online poker room on the internet.

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